Isaac Asimov

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1920 - 1992

Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born American writer famous for his pioneering science fiction and popular science. Much of his writing is focused idea- and plot-driven rather than character-driven, lending what some critics feel is a slightly dry and analytical feel to many of his works. Asimov is credited with bringing the robot sub-genre to popular culture, with many aspects of popular culture based on his ideas, including Data from Star Trek and the idea of a positronic brain. He is best known for his Foundation and Robot series, as well as his popular science works.

Asimov was ahead of his time, supportive of both the women's liberation movement and homosexuality, taking an interesting tact that both factors were moral rights because they promoted responsible population control.

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"If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul."